Navigation: Pay up or Shut up
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In recent years anglers have seen the peace and quiet on the waters they fish being shattered by increasing numbers of canoes, rafts and other craft. Often these boats are being launched without the landowners. permission and without a right of navigation. They can cause irreparable damage to delicate habitats which support fish and fish eggs.
The British Canoe Union has been running a campaign, with some political support, for universal access to all watercourses, at all times 'a right to row'. In its first year of existence, the Angling Trust lobbied Government, MPs and the Environment Agency to quash these proposals, which seems to have been successful.
However, considerable pressure exists for increases in lengths of river where canoeing and other navigation is allowed and the Angling Trust wants to ensure that anglers. and riparian owners. rights are respected. We would like to see illegal navigation, which is widespread, stopped through tough enforcement by the Environment Agency and education.
Anglers pay a licence fee to use a rod, and then pay to go fishing. We believe that all boats should be registered, with that registration visible, and licensed and that they should pay to use rivers. We support voluntary access agreements which control the use of waterways for navigation so that no damage is caused to the natural environment and no conflict arises between boaters and other users.
What we will do:
- Continue to lobby where possible for voluntary access agreements which enable navigation but prevent damage to angling or fisheries.
- Promote the Angling Trust's policy on navigation to MPs and government agencies.
- Represent anglers interests on the Central Council for Physical Recreation's water recreation group.
- Lead the development of a clear, enforceable policy in each catchment with regard to navigation rights.
- Monitor illegal boating activity and web sites promoting access to areas where no permission exists.
- Commission independent research into the impact of boating on the environment of rivers.
- Lobby and campaign for registration of canoes and enforcement of navigation agreements